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Wednesday , March 12 , 2014
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Merry band inspires change

Cimage College paid women a befitting tribute on Saturday, International Women’s Day.

The institution’s women empowerment club organised “Inspiring Change”, a programme to honour women who have proved their mettle in different fields such as social work, education, health, administration, policing, art and music. The students performed skits on women’s issues, including female foeticide, dowry atrocities, rape and acid attack.

IAS officer N. Vijayalakshmi, who was one of the dignitaries present at the programme, said International Women’s Day was not just about one special day. The message preached on this day should rather be imbibed among every person on all other days in the year, she emphasised.

The official added that International Women’s Day forced people to think about the atrocities being done on women. As a message to the youth, she asked the students to be independent.

Kim, the former city superintendent of police who also attended the programme, said women should not have to ask for their rights. “They already have their rights. All that is required is to be aware of those,” she said.

Fly free

St Xavier’s College of Education principal Father Thomas Perumalil S.J. gave a short speech on women’s role in building society at a programme to celebrate International Women’s Day on the campus on Tuesday.

The chief guest at the function was Patna High Court judge Justice Anjana Prakash. One of the attractions of the programme was a video prepared by Deep Kumar, a faculty member of the college, on women’s empowerment. Tribute was also paid to the Delhi gangrape victim.

Speaking about the need for women to be treated equally to the men, Justice Prakash said the law gives a girl equal rights as her brother on their father’s property.

“If an arrest warrant is issued against a woman, she can refuse to go to jail between 6pm and 6am,” she said, adding that a woman needed to understand her ability and come forward to grab an opportunity before her.

“No work is big or small — it all depends on how we think and take it up. Once you fix your sight on a goal, you have to try your best to achieve it no matter what comes in your way. Today, women have a greater role to play in society, as she is coming out of the four walls of her house. She is free under the open sky and this freedom needs to be experienced,” she said.

Gift of the day

Monday could not get any better for students and faculty members of masters in women studies at Patna University, as principal secretary, planning and development, Vijoy Prakash assured their department of government assistance.

Attending a women’s day event organised by the department, Prakash said: “There are many programmes run by the state government related to women’s empowerment. In such programmes and projects, the students of women studies can be absorbed based on their capacity.”

His assurance could go a long way, as the university does not have a placement cell. Patna University vice-chancellor Y.C. Simahadri, in his welcome speech, said the courses should be designed in such a way that it created more opportunity for students from rural areas.

Girl in Paris

Richa Saraswat, a 22-year-old from Patna, has been selected for admission to Sciences Po University, Paris, France, one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. By virtue of her academic achievements, she has been admitted to masters in economic law.

Also known as Paris Institute of Political Studies, Sciences Po University was established in 1872 by French educationists, politicians and businessmen led by founder Emile Boutmy. In 2014, it was placed as the 13th best university in the world in the QS World University rankings.

Richa is at present studying at National Law School of India University, Bangalore. Daughter of former member of Bihar Public Service Commission Shiva Jatan Thakur, Richa is an alumnus of St Joseph’s Convent High School in the city.

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